The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
June 8 - 21, 2009

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Clergy Letter
Blood drive
Foyers Finale
Praying for Pars
Invitation Ministry
Confirmation 2009
Christmas at Biltmore
Cats On Wheels
YF in the park
Calendars needed
General Convention forums
Summer dates
Congratulations graduates
Seen around St. Cat's
Vestry notes
Favorite hymns
Ministry focus
Monastic Dinner readings
Art Camp

Spanish Camp
Extension Women's Center
Friendship Council
Kennestone parking
Diabetes study
Subscribe to Connecting
Nurses Corner:
Holy Baptism
Complete Calendar
Confirmation/Hike pics

Wheel Schedule


6/9 – Blood Drive

6/10, 17, 24 – YF at East Cobb Park

6/13 – Foyers Finale dinner @ Donoghues’

6/20 – Cats On Wheels @ Blue Willow Inn

6/21 – Praying for Pars

6/22-26 – Youth Week @ Kanuga

6/28 – General Convention forum; Elizabeth Inn

6/30 – Staff planning day (Office closed)


A Tribute to a Mentor

My good friend and mentor, the Rev. Orion Davis, just celebrated 40 years of ordained ministry. As often happens in a clergy person’s life, the weekend obligations of one parish prevent your presence at another parish to celebrate such wonderful moments. So this article will need to suffice as an honor to Orion and what he taught me and continues to teach me in my ordained ministry. I give thanks for many good memories together and for these “lessons” he’s taught me:

The Church is an imperfect institution led by imperfect people: He prepared me for ordained ministry by inviting me into the many and varied lay ministries of St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. There we had many profoundly joyful moments and dealt realistically with the brokenness of the human condition without unreasonable expectations of perfection. I entered seminary with a realistic vision of ordained ministry that served me well in my education. His guidance keeps me rooted in the realities of ordained ministry both their joy and, too often, their all too frustrating humanness.

Keep good boundaries and defend them against the many assaults of the parish: There is no limit to the responsibilities (corporate as well as personal) some will want the priest to assume. Orion taught me to always be aware of my boundaries and responsibilities by asking the question “whose problem is this? ” If it’s mine he encouraged me to accept responsibility and deal with it in as mature a way as possible. If it’s not mine, to not take it on, but to encourage others to accept their responsibility in as mature a way as possible.

Make worship the central focus of building community: The liturgy of the Episcopal Church is one of our great treasures, but it can be sterile and cold when done only to the “right” praxis of the Prayer Book. I learned under Orion’s leadership to make the liturgy warm, inviting, and broadly inclusive – and to make the liturgy the place one begins to build a profound sense of community.

Have expectations of yourself and the people you serve: Just know that ordained ministry is time consuming and hard work, but it makes a real difference in people’s lives. Be willing to expect much of yourself and to expect much of those who respond to the call to lay ministry in the parish. Never lull yourself into thinking that a “break” is coming around the next corner. It isn’t!

The expression of your spirituality is as unique as our creation in God’s image: There is no one spirituality that fits all. Each of us are created uniquely in God’s image, therefore there is no reason to believe we will express our spirituality in the same way as the next person – but that does not mean we are not spiritual beings. Be most fully who God created you to be and not what others want you to be.

Your ordained ministry and the people you serve can be a source of friendship and joy: Days get long and the pressures seem never to cease, but enjoy the time and try, to the best of your ability, to be amongst your people not just as priest and pastor but as friend and companion on the journey. Do things together with fun and joy!

Invite and welcome your family into your ordained ministry: Orion and Pam continue to be the kind of clergy couple that Joan and I admire. We pattern our ordained ministry after their example. They do things together and apart in the parish but with clear boundaries of who is the priest and who is the spouse. Joan and I (and Katie and Matt in our early years of parish ministry) have both received a great gift in watching and following their example.

I admire Orion and other priests who make it to 40 years and beyond in their active parish ministry. It is not easy being a parish priest and to have done so for 40+ years is a tremendous honor. I will not make it that far in active parish ministry but Orion’s care and affection for me in my formative years, both lay and ordained, continue to make my ordained ministry a source of deep joy and satisfaction in my life.

Thank you my friend and thank God for your presence in my life.


Next Blood Drive: Tuesday, June 9

2:30-7:00 PM in the Youth House

Sign up for your time slot now: go to and enter Sponsor Code HOLTRC or contact the American Red Cross at 770.852.4125.

Remember join us at St. Catherine's for our Blood Drives throughout this year. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals! All drives will be on Tuesdays, 2:30-7:00 PM in the Youth House: For more questions or to volunteer to help please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404-365-8327, or Frederick Massey,, 404-731-4466. Please add these additional dates to your calendar:

  • August 11
  • October 13
  • December 22

Type O Negative Needed

The American Red Cross is currently experiencing reduced supplies of type O negative blood. Having an adequate supply is critical to helping save lives, as it is the only "universal" blood type, meaning it can be safely transfused to a person with any other blood type. In emergency situations, hospitals rely on type O negative blood because there is often not enough time to determine a patient's blood type. Blood of all types is needed now – everyone, including O negative donors, is encouraged to come to our drive or find a convenient location soon.

By Jennifer Massey

What is “Foyers”?

St. Catherine’s “Foyers” is groups of 6-8 parishioners who meet once a month for dinner from September to May. The group members take turns hosting dinners where the host makes the main meal and the others bring the rest. It is the easiest dinner party you will ever have! Your group decides your schedule, where you meet and the menu. It is a wonderful way to get to know fellow parishioners better than just a friendly hello in church. One of the best perks is that the groups are made up of couples and singles of all different ages. This makes for great conversations.

If you are interested in learning more about Foyers, please join us for our End of Year Party – see details below. RSVP on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office.

By Maureen Donoghue


Foyers Finale Dinner

Join us for the Foyers Finale Dinner on Saturday, June 13, 7:00 pm at the home of Tom & Maureen Donoghue, 3651 Clubland Drive Marietta 30068. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. If you are a member of a Foyers group (adult dinner groups), or would like to know more, or just want an evening of fellowship, please join us. RSVP on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact the church office.

“Praying for Pars”

RSVP by June 7 for next outing

Are you the kind of golfer who prays for pars when you get out on the golf course? If you are like most of us "hackers" then we invite you to come join your fellow parishioners for a monthly golf date. We want to encourage some additional fellowship by going to the early church service together and eat breakfast in the Parish Hall, before heading out for a 10:00am tee time. Each person is responsible for paying for their own greens fees on the day of the outing. Please confirm your participation by the Sunday one week before each golf outing. Mark your calendar for the following dates, the third Sunday of each month through October: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18.

We will use email to communicate the logistics for each date. To get started, sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Walt McGill,, 770-971-8890. You are welcome to come any or all dates. We look forward to some great fellowship together playing golf, regardless of whether you are "praying for pars" or "begging for bogies" or "dancing for double bogies"… See you there!

By Walt McGill

The Invitation Ministry Needs YOU

Our Ministry of Invitation has proposed a way to welcome newcomers to our church. We want to begin testing it this summer. We are now looking for additional volunteers to help. Some will be greeters, some will be shepherds to facilitate the newcomer’s introduction to St. Catherine’s; some will bake bread for a welcoming gift, some will deliver the bread on the Sunday the visitors first attend.

Our Mission is to welcome, accept, nurture and serve all people through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is an opportunity to do this for those who enter our church for the first time. Indicate your interest in the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or by calling the church office.

By Al Jones

Confirmation May 24, 2009

A glorious day at St. Catherine's as our parish members were confirmed, received or reaffirmed!

You can watch/hear a great video of Bishop Alexander's sermon at this service, "The Baptismal Bond" (in two parts), on YouTube at Bishop's Sermon.

Photos and videos by Bill Monk of the Diocese of Atlanta -- see more below in the Youth News section of this newsletter, and many more online at Confirmation at St. Catherine's !

Choir members Rosemary Wolfe and Bill Bowden greet Bishop Neil A joyful noise: Bishop Neil Alexander, Steve Diffley, Rev. Susan Johnson, Rev. Jim Nixon, Tom Hunter
Confirmands and their sponsors and all those received or reaffirmed this great day!
Collen Morich helps herself at the punch table supervised by Diane Sanders and Pat Pepper Mike Reeves takes his turn for the Bishop to sign his prayer book Richard Pearson and Bob Pepper celebrate with a little cake


Christmas at the Biltmore Estate

Calling all adults at St. Catherine’s and their friends: December 8–10, 2009, Cats on Wheels, our active seniors group, is sponsoring a trip to Asheville to see the Christmas lights at the famous and fabulous Biltmore Estate. The $252 price includes transportation by modern air-conditioned motor coach plus double-occupancy lodging plus 2 breakfasts plus 2 dinners plus a full day at the Biltmore plus other sites and sights in Asheville . The coach capacity is 50, available first-come, first-included.

A refundable $75 deposit will be due in July. Indicate your interest now and receive full details by sending an email to For information about the Biltmore Estate visit

By Alan Certain

Cats On Wheels at the Blue Willow Inn

Saturday, June 20

Cats on Wheels, our group for active senior adults, is going to luncheon at the historic Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia. This family buffet restaurant is rated as one of the ten best all-you-care-to-eat restaurants in America. In recent years, they’ve added a 19th-century style shopping village, so even if you’ve been before, it will be different this time.

We will leave St. Catherine’s parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, and return approximately 4:00 p.m. Transportation in the church van is available for up to ten participants. If there are more than that, we will need volunteer drivers.

Cost is $25 per person. (Buffet $16.95 + 1.19 tax + 3.26 gratuity + 3.60 contribution for gasoline). Please make your reservation by contacting Alan Certain at 770-933-9277. See more information about the Blue Willow Inn at

By Alan Certain

Young Families in the park all summer

This summer the Young Families group will gather at East Cobb Park for the “Ultimate Playdate” every Wednesday evening (weather permitting). The Ultimate Playdate is one of the park’s most popular warm-weather events and encourages families to take an outdoor break for some fresh air and family-friendly music. Each Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm, Jay Memory, founding member of the national act “Memory Dean,” performs old favorites and leads children in sing-alongs.

This series is officially sponsored by East Cobb Park and is called "The Ultimate Playdate with Jay Memory". If it is raining, or the forecast calls for bad weather, Jay has the option to cancel. So each week be sure to check their website,, or sign up on the website to receive their e-mail notices. The park will remain open whether or not the music is scheduled.

Bring a sack dinner and beverages for your family, a blanket and/or chairs, and spend the evening with your friends. This is a casual event… no RSVP necessary… just come when you can and look for the families from St. Catherine's. Feel free to invite neighbors and friends. For information about Young Families at St. Cat’s, please e-mail Lisa Spessard (, Molly Banko ( or Jenny Gale (

By Lisa Spessard

’09-’10 plans needed now!

All St. Catherine’s groups and committees— make sure resources and publicity will be available for your events! Send information on any and all activities, planned or tentative, for the coming year (now through May 2010) to Rose Wolfe in the church office, by June 2. Your church staff needs your information now for its upcoming planning day later this month.

To Our Newcomers!

Please welcome these new faces to St. Catherine's! Look around at breakfast and coffee time for the opportunity to put faces to names and let them know how happy we are to have them as new members of our family.

  • Randy and Kristina Young - The Youngs are the very busy parents of Ava, Dylan, and Ansley, who all will attend preschool next fall. They are quite interested in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
  • Matthew and Anita Iobst - The Iobsts (pronounced Yobst) are residents of East Cobb. Son, Brandon Hicks, is in middle school and is on the All Star Baseball Team. Daughter Olivia will be an elementary school student next fall. Son Oskar is also in elementary school, while son MJ hangs out with his mom. Anita is an office manager. In addition to attending children's sports events, they are interested in becoming involved in Catechesis.
  • Jim and Amy Hunkler - Long time residents of Cobb County, the Hunklers live in East Cobb. Daughter Claire is looking forward to participating in Rite 13. Jim and Amy also wish to become involved in the Rite 13 program.
  • Mely Roberson and Cameron Ward - The Wards and daughter, Aubrey, live in East Cobb. Aubrey is a rising kindergartener. They are involved in the Young Families group and like home improvement projects. This summer, they plan to attend the early service most often.
  • Tom and Shirley Day - The Days came to Marietta from Colorado 21 years ago. Tom has 6 children and 15 grandchildren. Together they have two Shih Tzus. Tom is self-employed in construction and Shirley works with attorneys in commercial real estate. They live quite close to St. Cat's. They are most interested in learning more about our Episcopal traditions and learning about the ministries of St. Catherine's. This summer, they plan to attend the later service.
  • Daniel and Amy Mikkelson - With son Luke, the Mikkelsons live in East Cobb. They are excited to have found St. Catherine's and are interested in the Young Families group and in our preschool. Daniel is employed in IT and enjoys golf. Amy is into yoga and photography. Luke likes to stay home with Mom. They will probably be attending the second service this summer.
  • Tillie Carter - Welcome back to Tillie who is returning to St. Cat's. A grandmother of two, she lives nearby the church. Tillie has been active as a hospice volunteer for 17 years. She is a member of the YWCA Kickers, a jazz dance group, and enjoys photography and bird watching. Look for her most often at the early service.
  • Adam and Kristen Stone – The Stones reside in Marietta. They both grew up in Roswell and were married at Holy Innocents' nearly six years ago. They have a baby girl on the way. Adam is a high school special education teacher and coaches both football and track. Kristen works in sports marketing at a public relations firm. They both enjoy sports and recreation activities and have two dogs, Rocky and Adrian. Rocky is a trained therapy dog who visits hospitals and nursing homes. They are interested in becoming involved with the Young Families group and any outdoor activities involved with the church.

By Sally Powers

At Newcomer/Visitor Welcoming Coffee on May 3

See more pictures at Newcomers May 2009

Sunday Forums about General Convention begin June 28

The triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church meets this summer from July 8-17 in Anaheim, California. Beginning Sunday, June 28 we will convene a General Convention Forum in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We will meet for two Sundays (6/28 and 7/5) before General Convention, once during Convention (7/12) and once following the conclusion (7/19). This will be an opportunity to discuss, anticipate and react to the work of Convention and the many resolutions (currently 243 are published) to come before the Convention.

General Convention is a combination of legislative assembly, bazaar of goods and services and family reunion. It is one of the most exciting and, truth be told, one of the most awe-inspiring gatherings in the world. Below is a brief explanation of the structure of the General Convention. You can read more and review pending legislation at

  • The Convention is a bicameral house in which elected bishops make up one house (House of Bishops), and lay and ordained deputies (equally represented) make up the other house (House of Deputies).
  • All bishops of the Episcopal Church, active and retired, are entitled to seat, voice and vote in the House of Bishops. Each of the Episcopal Church’s dioceses is entitled to elect eight deputies, four lay persons and four priests and/or deacons, to the House of Deputies. (Delegates from St. Catherine’s help elect our General Convention Deputies at our Diocesan Council 2 years prior to General Convention). Deputies are not delegates; that is, they are not elected to represent the electing dioceses.
  • Deputies vote their conscience for the good of the church. They cannot be instructed to vote one way or another, for to do so would preclude godly debate and preempt the work of the Holy Spirit. Deputies are expected to serve on committees if appointed, to attend forums and hearings, to read the reports to the church from its commissions, committees, agencies and boards, to listen to, and if so moved, to respond to resolutions on the floor of the house.
  • The House of Bishops and House of Deputies meet, deliberate and vote separately. To be enacted resolutions must pass both houses in the same language. Resolutions presented to convention come from four sources: committees, commissions, agencies and boards of the church; bishops; dioceses and provinces; and deputies.

VBS registration now open      

July 20-24

"Crocodile Dock" Vacation Bible School will be July 20-24, 9:30am - 12:30pm . It is open to all children who will be 4 years of age by July 1, 2009 . Cost is $25 per child, or $35 after July 10. Registration forms are now available in the foyer. Plenty of adult and youth help is needed! For questions or to volunteer, email or contact the church office.

More for your summer!

  • Summer Parish Meeting – Sunday, July 26, 9:15 am (between 8:00 & 10:30 services)
  • Country Fair Sundays return August 16, 23, and 30 – watch for details coming soon!

Graduates 2009

We are proud of all our graduates!

Amelie Cardona-Walker School Preschool

Mary Alice Barrington- Rocky Mount Elementary,
to Simpson Middle School

Jane Daniel- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Abby Baumann- East Side Elementary

Emma Gale- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Ethan Cook- East Side Elementary

Sebastian Hutton- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Isabel Lopez- Bells Ferry Elementary

Justin Kerr-MJCCA Sunshine Preschool

Frederick James Tuemmler- Mt. Bethel Christian Academy,
entering Middle School at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

Sidney Nabinger- Rose Garden Montessori School Pre-K


Connor Pyburn- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Caitlyn Buckalew- East Cobb Middle School, to Wheeler High School

Emily Schuring- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Ben Frost, Jr.- Hightower Trail Middle School, to Lassiter High School

Sam Schuring- St. Catherine’s Preschool

Robin Kiefer- Mabry Middle School, to Lassiter High School

Grayson Smith-St. Catherine’s Preschool

Ryan Olliffe- Crabapple Middle School, to Roswell High School

Maddie Zimmerman-Primrose


Stephanie Burkholder- Walton High School, will attend University of Mississippi
Alex Ellis- Walton High School, will attend North Georgia College
Ben Hilley- Walton High School, will attend University of Georgia
Shannon Jablonski- Wheeler High School, will attend University of Georgia
Kelley Kilgore- Lassiter High School, will attend Youth With A Mission to do outreach, prior to going to college
Josh Kraeger- Wheeler High School, will attend Georgia State
Julian Seneviratne- Hillgrove High School, will attend Whittier College, CA

David Bowden- B.A., with Specialist Certificate in English, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Andrew Boyd- Kennesaw State University
Clay Buckalew-Georgia State University with a BS in Political Science
Scott Heuke- University of Nebraska with a BS in Mechanical Engineering

Frances Bowden- Master of Library & Information Sciences, University of South Carolina
James Bowden- J.D. with certification in Business Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Margaret Caudle- Kennesaw State with a Master’s in Early Childhood Development
Jerilyn Gardner, University of Pittsburg School of Law
Kathryn Nixon- University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters of Social Work
Tyler Perry, United States Air Force Academy, commissioned 2nd Lt. , going to pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, OK
April McGill Studley- Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
Natalie Whitlow- Kennesaw State University with a Master of Social Work
Jim Greene - E.F.M.

Seen around St. Cat's

Photos by Jan Potter


At the Stephen Ministry quarterly continuing education seminar all about counseling, on May 2
Collen Morris speaks on her experience as a school counselor Jennie Gale talks about her work doing testing
Shelly Ransdell dicusses the counseling aspects of A.A. The Rev. John Bolton (Rector of Church of Our Savior) chats with Carla von Hoffmann


At "Exploring Our Creative Spirit" workshop on May 2
Michael and Mel Paris preparing the clay Mel admires Megan's work taking shape
Mary Lou Shannonhouse, Jason Snape, Ellis and Claudia Kilgore Storyteller Ginny Acocella points out details to husband Paul, and Elizabeth Lopez

Vestry Notes

From the Vestry meeting on May 19:

  • The Summer Parish Meeting will be on July 26 at 9:15 to 10:15 AM.
  • The Vestry is starting the planning of our 50th Anniversary which will be during the year of 2011.
  • Four people [through meeting date] have expressed interest in being Diocesan Council delegates.

By Kimberly Blythe, Clerk of the Vestry

What’s your favorite hymn?    

A tradition at St. Catherine’s is to sing our favorite hymns at worship during the summer months — doesn’t matter what season they are from. Please submit your favorite hymns (must be in The Hymnal 1982!) and we will do our best to schedule as many as possible. Fill out the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact the church office.

June Ministry Focus: Parish Administration & Facilities

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Parish Administration and Facililites Ministry Team. The committees on this team are reponsible for the efftive operation, maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings; the development and upkeep of the grounds and landscaping; and the extensive communication and technology network. Committees include Building Repairs, Friday Morning Folders, Grounds Team, IT Support, Office Support, Parish Announcements Email, Personnel Committee, Plantings Maintenance, Website Maintenance, and The Wheel newsletter. To find out more about their activities please check the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact convenor Al Jones.

Monastic Dinner readings references

Many have asked for a bibliography of the meditations read by Father Jim at the Monastic Dinner on Good Friday, April 10. Following is a list of the readings and the books from which they came:

  • First Reading: “Good Friday :Meditation Three,” Daysprings: Meditations for the Weekdays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, p. 139, Sam Portaro, Cowley Publications 2001, ISBN: 1-56101-187-8
  • Second Reading: “I Thirst For You,” Mother Teresa, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, p. 186, Plough Publishing House 2003, ISBN: 0-87586-926-9
  • Third Reading: “Chapter XX,” The Singer, p. 121, Calvin Miller, InterVarsity Press, ISBN: 0-87784-639-1
  • Fourth Reading: “Suffering in Communion with The Lord,” The Gift of Peace p. 45, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin , Loyola Press, ISBN: 0-8294-0955-6
  • Fifth Reading : “Truth to Tell,” Barbara Brown Taylor , Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, p. 88, Plough Publishing House 2003, ISBN: 0-87586-926-9


Rainforest Adventure Summer Art Camp — July 13 - 17

Long-time art and pre-school teacher Tinka Ivey will be hosting a Rainforest Summer Art Camp at St. Catherine's. For grades K-5, the camp will run Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. The cost is $150 per child. Brochures will be available at the church in June. For more information or to register, please contact Tinka Ivey at 770-578-1945 or at


Spanish Camp: Adventure with Dora y Diego — June 22-26

“Play and Have Fun with Spanish” for ages 3 – 6 (children must have turned 3 by January 1, 2009). The camp will be held 9:00am – 12:30pm in the St. Catherine’s Choir Room. Cost is $125 per child (due at registration). Camp leader Teresita Pachano has taught Spanish at St. Catherine’s Preschool for several years in their after school program

“Play and Have Fun with Spanish” is all about having fun by playing games, treasure hunt, making projects and reading stories every day with the intent of seeding the basics of the Spanish language early on in the kid’s developmental stage. This program offers an excellent opportunity to get that process going. For little ones who have already been introduced to the language, this program will reinforce what they have learned by continuing to listen and practice the language. For little ones who are beginners, this program will show them how much fun it is to play and learn the Spanish language while having a great time.

Children will need to bring a snack and drink each day and wear comfortable cool clothing and tennis shoes to play outside. To register make checks payable to: Teresita Pachano and send to: Teresita Pachano, 4783 Waterhaven Bend, Marietta, GA 30068. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Teresita at 770.640.7597.


The Extension Recovery Center for Women — Ribbon Cutting and Open House June 15

The Extension has provided life-saving and life-changing services to homeless individuals in Cobb County and the surrounding area since 1987. They are proud to announce the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for their new Women’s Center, a 20-bed long-term residential rehabilitation center to serve homeless addicted women. The ribbon cutting will be Monday, June 15 at 1:30 pm, followed by Open House with tours and refreshments 3 to 7 pm. The new Women’s Center is located at 130 Holiday Street, Marietta, 30060. Please RSVP to 770-590-9075 ext. 302 or

Women’s Center help needed

Groups are needed to serve dinner to residents of the new Center. For details please go to or call Barb or Tyler at 770-590-9075. Financial support is also welcome.


Holy Comforter needs parish representatives for Friendship Council

The Church of the Holy Comforter in Atlanta provides a Diocesan ministry to poor and disabled people in our city. Many of those helped are living with mental illness or other disabilities. To continue this ministry they are forming a Friendship Council and ask for representatives from each sister parish including St. Catherine’s. Each representative will be asked to communicate with their parish the needs and opportunities of those served at Holy Comforter. The first meeting of the Friendship Council is Saturday, September 26. Please prayerfully consider your involvement with this opportunity for outreach. For more information contact Al Jones 770-565-1013 or


WellStar Kennestone Parking Passes

Wellstar Kennestone parking cashiers now have thirty-day parking passes for $40 which are valid for thirty (30) non-consecutive visits to the WellStar Kennestone Hospital campus, valid one year from the date of purchase. Please call Wellstar security offices at 770.793.7777 with any questions or concerns.


Diabetes & Exercise Research Study—volunteers needed

Men and women with Type 2 diabetes are needed to participate in a Kennesaw State University research study investigating how exercise affects glucose control. To be in the study you must meet the following criteria: Between 19 and 65 years of age; Have type 2 diabetes for at least two years; Have had a stable medical regimen for at least 6 months; Hemoblobin A1c between 7.0 and 10.0; No regular exercise for at least 3 months; Good general health. Eligible participants in this study will receive: Individualized aerobic exercise program prescribed by exercise professionals; Supervised exercise instruction; 12-week access to an exercise facility at no cost; Clinical measures of glucose management (fasting glucose, fasting insulin, lipid profiles, and oral glucose tolerance tests) at no cost; Assessments of cardiorespiratory fitness at no cost.

The effects of accumulating 50 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 days per week for 12 weeks on glucose control will be assessed. The exercise will be prescribed and taught by exercise professionals. An individual treadmill exercise program will be prescribed by exercise professionals based on your current fitness level. Exercise will consist of either a single 50- minute treadmill session, or 2 separate 25-minute treadmill sessions 4 days per week for 12 weeks. Exercise can be performed at a location of your choice. If you don’t have access to exercise facilities and can get to the campus of Kennesaw State University, access to facilities will be provided to you at no cost. Your progress will be monitored weekly with guidance for progressing in your exercise program. Before and after the training program, you will have an evaluation assessing your cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure, as well as assessments of your glucose control and blood lipids. For more information contact the principal investigator at 770-423-6488.


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Congregational Nurses Corner

Nancy Certain, RN, presents this first article in a 5 part series on alcohol dependency:

Unfortunately, in this enlightened day and age, we as a society remain uninformed and ignorant of the disease of alcoholism and we hold alcohol dependent people as “weak,” “personality deficient,” “moody,” “immature,” “anxious,” “miserable,” “deviant.” We shun them, we fire them, we leave them, we hide their disease and we don’t talk about it. What we fail to do is understand that alcoholism is a disease for which the victim has no control, whose entire, internal cellular structure has changed to the point where it cannot survive without alcohol.

Scientists are learning more and more every day about the progression of this disease, what actually happens in the alcohol dependent person’s brain and which new treatment approaches are dramatically improving the chances of diagnosis and cure. This is a new age of discovery and we cannot continue with our old ideas about the nature of this disease.

We as individuals are all touched in some way by alcoholism: aunt, uncle, brother, sister, parent, child, spouse, friend. Factual knowledge about alcoholism must be the foundation of any prevention effort. We cannot afford to wait for physicians to be educated, federal government programs to be realigned, treatment programs to be modified and laws to be changed. We know that alcohol dependent people are not morally or psychologically defective people, but innocent victims of a chronic and progressive disease. All who understand the disease should join forces to enlighten others.

By Nancy Certain RN,, 678-576-9459


On behalf of my sister, Althea and I, we would like to thank everyone for their cards and prayers after the death of our mother. It is redundant to say that it is difficult to loose a loved one and that the last weeks have been hard. It helped immeasurably to receive the outpouring of love and support from many of you at St. Catherine’s. Your cards with words of love and scriptural encouragement were balms to our soul and this new reality has been made easier to bear.

Thank you,
Audrey I. Nesbit & Althea Dillard

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your important gift to the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [our Holy Week 2009 Offering]. Your contributions provide badly needed support to the Christian schools, hospitals and churches in the Holy Land during these challenging times. The bishop in Jerusalem, The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, has emphasized that Christian instiutions paly a crucial role in spreading a message of reconciliation, mutual repect and moderation throughout the multi-faith communities of the Middle East. We work closely with Bishop Dawani and his staff to identify institutions of the Diocese that are in need of assistance. We send your contirubitons directly to those institutoions and continue to work with the institutions to assure that the contributions are received and put to work. I can assure you that your donations make a very real difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children. On their behalf, thank you again.

Dennis C. Hensley, President
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Dear [St. Catherine's],

Thank you so much for your generous donation to support someone to attend the 18th Annual HIV/AIDS Retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center this year. In the past, it has proven to be a wonderful experience for those attending and we expect this year to be the same. You are wonderful to provide this support and we can't begin to thank you enough. Please keep the retreat, and those attending, in your prayers.

Kindest Regards,
Lola Thomas, Director, AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date -- Sunday, November 1 (All Saints)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.


SICK: Sharon Parisi, Lillian Vu, Tom Carter, Glenda King, Zanny Dillson, Pia Johanson, The Rev. Patty Roberts, Sandy, Lorraine Brown, Mary Ann Howell, Athena Geges, Marilyn May, Danny Woodland, Cheryl Lowe, Kate Herndon, Leon Perris, Laurie Parker, Nena Colon, Robbie Roy, Jane M., Rich, Morgan & Richard, Jeff Hollis, Marion Stevensky, Barri Gehrand, Betty Early, Ann, Joe Porter, Stan Dickson, David Shannonhouse, Beth Anne Maier, Gail Tyre, Ruth Kell, Keena Rosetti, Joan Unger, Anne Geddes, Alan Carter, Valerie Hook, Josh Kraeger, Sarah Conklin, Keith, Rachel Childs, Susan Cromer, Linda Carter, Tom Nichols, Edward Alvarado, Terry Adams, Jackie McCracken, Susan Stanton, Emma, Ed Pitts, Jack, Andrew, Jim, Barbara, Susan

BEFORE SURGERY: Charlie Templeton, (friend of Bill Ivey) 6/16/09 ; Mary Daneke, (Kathy Holman’s mother) 6/22/09 ; Andy Mitchell, 6/24/09

DECEASED: Martha Floyd, friend of Anne Whittle; Mary Hugo, Terry Sheehan’s sister; Ron Hall, Ellen Adams’ brother-in-law; Eliza Alvarez, Joyce Hendricks ’ sister-in-law’s mother; Susan Smith, friend of Carla von Hoffman

(6/7/09) Margaret Shaw; Terry, Cindy & Kristen Sheehan; Kevin Lee Ann, David, Blake & Chandler Sherry; Ben, Amber, Sydney & Spencer Shushan; Jane Smith
(6/14/09) Linda Smith; Mark & Karla Smolen; Jason, Sue, Owen & Eva Snape; Jim & Linda Snape; Tom & Ann Snead

BIRTHDAYS: (6/9) Fred Lopez, Kathy Solomon, Kelly Donoghue, (6/9) Nathan Keith, Paul Maxwell, Abigail McCoy, (6/10) Jeanette Harrison, Leah Banko, (6/11) Naomi Morris, (6/12) Justice Mace, (6/13) Lindsay Walls, Jason Tindall, (6/14) Eugene Potter, Carol Rai, Michael Arthur, (6/17) Becky Ban, Paul Manno, Michael Dillson, Elyse Tindall, (6/18) Judith Phillips, Peggy Snook, Corey Acocella, Beverly Fambrough, Linda Snape, (6/20) Carroll Mitchell, (6/21) Frederick Tuemmler

ANNIVERSARIES: June 12 -, Bruce & Barbara Perry; June 17 - Bill & Elaine Krupp; June 21 - Michelle & Scott Parisi


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar
Monday, 6/8 Monday, 6/15

Susan’s day off
Great Oak Board
B.S. Troop 713


Susan’s day off
Preschool Summer Camp
Kneeler Project
B.S. Troop 713

Tuesday, 6/9 Tuesday, 6/16


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Mothers & More

Preschool Summer Camp
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, 6/10 Wednesday, 6/17


Executive Committee
Young Families @ East Cobb Park


Preschool Summer Camp
Young Families @ East Cobb Park

Thursday, 6/11 Thursday, 6/18
5:00PM Finance 10:00AM
Preschool Summer Camp
Friday, 6/12 Friday, 6/19
Jim's day off
Jim's day off
Preschool Summer Camp
Folders - Wheel
Saturday, 6/13 Saturday, 6/20

Foyer Group Closing @ Donoghue’s


Cats on Wheels @
  Blue Willow Inn
Level I Formation
Mothers & More

Sunday, 6/14 Sunday, 6/21

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/DOK Installation
Stephen Ministry


Holy Eucharist
Praying for Pars
Holy Eucharist


Congratulations, Graduates and Confirmands

Congratulations to all of our graduates this year, and to everyone who was confirmed on May 24th! We wish you and all the youth a safe and fun summer. Stay tuned for upcoming youth events in the next Wheel!

Below -- Confirmation with Bishop Alexander on May 24

Photos by Bill Monk of the Diocese of Atlanta -- see lots more at Confirmation at St. Catherine's !


Mission Trip Fundraiser Thanks!

Thank you to everyone from St. Cat’s who bought tickets and made donations towards our Mission Trip Fundraiser at Holy Innocents on June 3! We had a great evening and we made over $500 to support the projects we will be doing during our trip.


On the Stephen Nicholson Memorial Hike to Raven Cliff Falls, May 9


Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • June 19 – print edition
  • July 3 – online edition
  • July 17 – print edition

The Wheel is published two times per month. The usual schedule is as follows: The first edition is the eWheel, in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. The next edition is printed and mailed to all parish families, and also posted on our newsletter page in PDF form.(Extra print editions are scheduled before Easter and Christmas.) Copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church.

We welcome contributions of articles of interest to the parish. Articles are due the Wednesday before publication. Please submit articles to the editor via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

The Wheel: get every issue!

Does everyone in your family receive this eWheel, the electronic version of St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is becoming an important means for our parish communications. Just send the email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at

If you prefer to receive all your issues by email and NOT to receive any printed copies please check the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Karen:

Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668